A PIL was filed in the Gauhati High Court by Kikrukhonuo Residence of Kohima. The petitioner argued that there is no lab in Nagaland due to which samples are being sent to Assam and Manipur for testing which is causing unwarranted delays in their examination.
The bench of Justice Songkhupchung Serto and Justice S Hukato Swu issued notice to the petitioner and also gave directions to the state government.
The directions issued are:
- State Government sets up at least two labs in ten days from the date of releasing the order and also establishes the labs on other places of the state which could provide a free testing facility in the future.
- To provide a sufficient number of PPE kits to all the person who is taking care of COVID-19 patents and also looking to the people of quarantine centre. The PPE kit should be of good quality which is prescribed by the appropriate authority.
- To see the pandemic situation in the state, the proper facility should be provided to COVID-19 patients. The facility of ICU has to be increased in the state and also the ventilators should be increased according to the need of time.
- There should be a proper number of ambulances available and if not then other transportation facilities should be made available for the patients of COVID-19. Those people who are on duty to restrain the person or they are working for the government or public should make sure all facilities are available to these persons also.
- A proper number of doctors and other personnel has to be available at the place where COVID-19 patient treatment is going on and where people are in quarantine.
- In two weeks, the state should make the two hospitals ready which is well equipped and all facility be provided to these hospitals.
The court also directs the government to make an affidavit which shows the level of preparedness and also makes a document that shows in what amount of material is provided to the personnel who is in the queue of fighting this pandemic.
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